Monday, May 18, 2009

Walk- Cycle- Kayak Against Diabetes

The American Diabetes Associations fall campaign takes on a new twist with three exciting events all on one day.
The kick-off announcing the new signature event will be on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. poolside at The Savannah Hilton DeSoto on Liberty Street in Savannah.
This event is free and open to the public.

Campaign chairman Ken Gaylord, First Chatham Bank, will introduce the event directors for each activity and plans for the festival will be announced to the public. The chairs for the additional events are: Tony Eichholz, Byck Management, Tour de Cure and David Mason, Lorwil Land Corporation, Kayak for a Kure.
Kayak professional, Barry Shrum, will also be performing kayak maneuvers to generate excitement about the kayak portion of the event.

On Saturday, October 17, walkers, cyclists and kayakers will convene at the UGA Marine Extension Service Aquarium grounds for the Sunsplash Outdoor Fitness Festival following a morning of three fitness activities.

Tour de Cure – Registration 6:30am / Ride 7:30am
Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes – Registration 9:00am / Walk 10:00am
Kayak for a Kure – Registration at Butterbean Beach 9:00am / Paddle 10:00am

Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death by disease and claims over 225,000 American lives annually. Improved nutrition, increased physical activity and awareness of risk factors can completely prevent Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. Risk factors include being over age 45, being overweight, sedentary, and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.

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